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Ronald B. RichardExecutive Office
President and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Assistant: Kimberly Sabo 216.685.2001
Ronn Richard is president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Richard has held a variety of senior management positions in government, the private sector, and the nonprofit sector.
Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Richard was the managing director and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund. In this role, he worked to ensure the prompt and effective delivery of new technologies to the U.S. intelligence community.
Before joining In-Q-Tel, Mr. Richard spent 13 years at Panasonic in key management positions, including president of the company’s North American research and development operations; president of Panasonic Home & Commercial Products Company, a major sales and marketing division of Panasonic USA; president of Panasonic Strategic Ventures Company, in charge of mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances; vice president for planning, technology, and public affairs, which included heading up Panasonic's corporate philanthropy; and vice president for Internet business development.
From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Richard was a career U.S. Foreign Service officer, serving as the American consulate general in Osaka/Kobe, Japan, and at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. as a desk officer for North Korean, Greek, and Turkish affairs, respectively. He also was a Pearson Program fellow in San Francisco, where he researched and reported on U.S.-East Asian and U.S.-Latin American trade, investment flows, and technology transfers.
Mr. Richard began his career as director of the national public affairs program service at the nonprofit Japan Society in New York City.
Mr. Richard served for many years on the board of trustees of Spelman College and on the board of advisers of the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He was a visiting professor for international business at Bennett College in North Carolina during the spring 2003 semester. For many years, he served as chairman and then as a member of the board of trustees of the International Biomedical Research Alliance (an academic joint venture between NIH-Oxford and Cambridge universities).
Currently, Mr. Richard serves on the boards of Philanthropy Ohio, Evergreen Cooperative Corporation, Global Cleveland, NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Living Cities, a national consortium of the country’s largest foundations and financial institutions. He is board chair of both the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo). He also chairs Philanthropy Ohio’s task force on education reform for the state of Ohio. He is lead director of the board of Emergent Biosolutions, a public biopharmaceutical company.
Mr. Richard is a former member of the board of the Council on Foundations. From January 2009 to November 2010, he served former Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration as the appointed, volunteer infrastructure czar, overseeing the expenditure of federal stimulus funds in the state.
Mr. Richard holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis, and honorary doctorates from Notre Dame College and Baldwin Wallace University. He is a recipient of the African-American President’s Council Champion Award for his work in inclusive economic development. In 2007, he received Wheaton College’s Otis Award for Social Justice (previous recipients include Sen. Edward Kennedy, Gloria Steinem, and Marian Wright Edelman). Mr. Richard was inducted into Hiram College’s Garfield Society, the college’s highest honor, and received Entrepreneurs for Sustainability’s 2007 Champion of Sustainability award.
Mr. Richard is married to Bess Rodriguez, an artist, and has two children, Susanna and Nicholas.
Robert E. EckardtGrantmaking
Executive Vice President
Executive Assistant: Mary Clare Donnelly 216.685.4000
Among Bob Eckardt’s roles is providing overall direction to the Cleveland Foundation's grantmaking, working with the board, staff, and community leaders to pinpoint the region's critical needs and leverage resources to help meet them.
He joined the foundation in 1982 and has served as senior program officer in the areas of health, aging, and environment. He also created the foundation’s first formal evaluation effort. Bob is an active leader in philanthropic professional groups. He served four terms on the board of the Washington, D.C.-based group Grantmakers in Health, which honored him in 2006 with its highest award. He was a founding board member of Grantmakers in Aging and Funders Concerned About AIDS. He also is a past chair of the Grantmakers Evaluation Network. He received the Council on Foundations Distinguished Grantmaker Award in 2011 for his contributions to philanthropy.
Bob shares his wisdom as a consultant to many foundations on program development, strategic grantmaking, and evaluation approaches. He is an elected fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and serves on the advisory committee of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and several national boards. He holds a doctorate in public health with a specialty in health policy from the University of Michigan.
Kate A. AsbeckFinance
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Administrative Assistant: Carmela Beltrante 216.615.7172
Kate Asbeck joined the Cleveland Foundation as senior vice president and chief financial officer in April 2010. Kate has responsibility for the foundation’s endowment and its internal finance operations, information technology and human resources teams.
Kate was previously senior vice president-finance at Corning Inc., where she led the company’s 600-person global finance organization and served as its principal accounting officer. She has also held accounting positions at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Champion International Corp.
Kate is on the University Hospitals board of directors and is a member of In Counsel with Women and the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2012.
Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and is a certified public accountant.
Senior Vice President of Advancement
Administrative Assistant: Donna Johnson 216.615.7168
Kaye Ridolfi has direct responsibility for the foundation’s fundraising activities. An experienced development professional, she has spent more than two decades in the field, including a period as director of a $1 billion capital campaign at Case Western Reserve University.
Kaye honed her development skills primarily in the academic sector. Prior to joining the foundation in November 2011, she spent five years at Case Western Reserve as associate vice president of institutional development. Earlier, she served as assistant vice president for major gifts at Ohio State University. She started at that institution in 2000 as director of a campaign to renovate the main library.
Before joining Ohio State, Kaye was affiliated with Ohio Wesleyan University, initially as director of its annual fund and ultimately as director of alumni development. She launched her development career with the American Lung Association of Ohio in 1990.
Kaye holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan and a master’s degree in public policy and management from Ohio State.
Michael D. MurphyMarketing & Communications
Director, Marketing & Communications
216.615.7182 | mMurphy
Michael D. Murphy joined the Cleveland Foundation in August 2013 as the director of marketing and communications, providing strategic oversight for the organization’s communications and outreach initiatives. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, Michael served as a managing director in the corporate/financial practice at the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, where he served as a senior counselor for Fortune 100 corporate and financial clients, driving strategy development and issues management, message creation, spokesperson and presentation training, and public affairs engagements. In this role, Michael launched CSR/thought leadership platforms for global clients in various sectors, including concept development, partnership procurement (including USA TODAY and the Financial Times), plan design and implementation and media execution.
Prior to his time at B-M, Michael was a senior vice president and partner at the international integrated communications firm Fleishman-Hillard, implementing reputational campaigns and establishing coalition and community partnerships targeting consumer, public health and HCP stakeholders on behalf of clients at the national and grassroots levels. As part of the senior team in both the Cleveland and New York office, Michael managed the agency’s global FH Out Front practice group, focused on developing engagement strategies for corporations seeking to interact with growing influence of the LGBT segment. During his tenure at Fleishman,Michael helped the cities of Cleveland + Akron land the 2014 Gay Games as the lead on the marketing and communications strategy that secured the winning bid against Boston and D.C.
An Ohio native, Michael began his career at Ketchum Public Relations in New York and Washington, D.C., where he worked in the corporate and social marketing practices, managing external and internal communications campaigns on behalf of multiple clients. Michael served as the day-to-day client counselor on the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Part D launch public awareness programs, including the coordination, involvement, and on-site support of HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and CMS Administrator Dr. Mark McClellan. He coordinated community relations, partnership procurement, and event logistics for the HHS Administration for Children and Families’ Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking public awareness program and provided on-site counsel during the 2003 corporate reputation crisis of the New York Stock Exchange and subsequent leadership change of the Board and senior staff.
Michael is a graduate of Ohio University and is happy to be back in Cleveland.
Leslie A. DunfordAdministration, Governance
Vice President for Corporate Governance and Administration
Assistant Corporate Secretary: Pamela Jaffe 216.615.7183
Leslie Dunford is the organization's liaison to its board of directors and legal counsel, advising on matters of regulatory compliance and governance. The foundation's former chief of staff, she has served as the foundation’s corporate secretary since 1997.
Leslie also manages the foundation's facilities, office services, and risk-management programs, and serves as the executive director of Suite 1300 Services, Inc., an affiliate of the Cleveland Foundation that provides support services to the foundation’s resident-led, community-building program.
A graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders and Leadership Cleveland, Leslie serves on the boards of Philanthropy Ohio, Cleveland Leadership Center and Vocational Guidance Services. She is an honorary life trustee of Youth Opportunities Unlimited and a past recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Professional Excellence award. From 2005 through 2011, Leslie served as a standards reviewer for the Community Foundations National Standards Board.
Leslie earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Gannon University in Pennsylvania.
James T. BickelInformation Systems
Director of Technology
216.615.7590 | jBickel@CleveFdn.org
Jim Bickel oversees the foundation's technology systems. He joined the foundation in 2001 from North American Refractories, where he was manager of applications development. He serves as the chair of the Community Foundations Information Technology Group (CFIT) and is a member of the Council on Foundations Technology Steering Committee.
Jim holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an MBA in accounting and information systems from Pennsylvania State University. He is also a volunteer with Geauga County Habitat for Humanity.
Monica BrownHuman Resources
Director of Human Resources
216.615.7589 | mBrown@CleveFdn.org
Monica Brown was promoted to director of human resources in November 2011, after serving as the foundation's human resources manager for five years. Previously, Monica served as the director of human resources for the Western Reserve Society. She has also provided human resources consulting to a number of other nonprofit organizations including the Beck Center for the Arts, the Literacy Cooperative, the Fund for Our Economic Future, and Neighborhood Connections.
Monica earned a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and a master's degree in human resources and labor relations from Cleveland State University. She is a certified senior professional in human resources and serves as a mentor to junior level human resources professionals through the Cleveland Society for Human Resources Management.
Sylvia E. PérezExecutive Office
Chief of Staff and Manager for Governmental and International Affairs
216.685.4005 | sPerez@CleveFdn.org
Sylvia E. Pérez provides support and counsel to the president/CEO on board, leadership, and staff matters as well as on stakeholder and program issues. She also partners with senior- and mid-management members to support the implementation of the foundation’s strategies, acts as a liaison to local, state, and federal government agencies, and supports internationally oriented initiatives.
Sylvia came to the foundation with a background in international and national community development. She was a National Urban Fellow and Atlas Service Corps Fellow, in Cleveland and Bogotá, Colombia, respectively. She previously worked as development manager for Give to Colombia, an international nonprofit, and as the contracts manager at Living Cities, Inc.
Sylvia holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and sociology from Columbia University and a master’s in public administration from Baruch College, City University of New York. She is vice president of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority and volunteers as a partner of Cleveland Social Ventures and a mentor with Minds Matter Cleveland.
216.615.7599 | tAmata@CleveFdn.org
Tammi Amata has shared responsibility over the daily accounting processes of the Finance department. In addition to the day-to-day operations, she manages the month-end closing process, financial statement reporting to donors and supporting organizations, and various other special projects. She also provides guidance and oversight to the fund accounting staff.
Tammi joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2009 as the accounting manager and has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and auditing. Before coming to the foundation, she spent 12 years as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Cleveland with such nonprofit and manufacturing clients as the Cleveland Foundation, RPM International Inc., and American Greetings Corp.
Tammi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with majors in accounting and finance, from Ashland University and a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a certified public accountant.
216.615.7192 | kAndrasik@CleveFdn.org
Kristi Andrasik reviews proposals across a broad range of program areas as part of the foundation’s community-responsive grantmaking team.
She brings to the foundation more than eight years of experience in social service and nonprofit management, and a dedication to the advancement of the Cleveland region. Prior to joining the foundation, Kristi held several positions of increasing responsibility at Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center in Cleveland, including family services coordinator, clinical director, and her latest position as associate director. Most recently, Kristi contributed her talents in family and community engagement at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She also serves as a volunteer for the Cleveland Animal Protective League.
Kristi graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with a minor in sociology and additional studies in family life education and nonprofit management and development. She received a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and is a licensed independent social Worker with supervising credentials in the state of Ohio.
216.615.7588 | jAnielski@CleveFdn.org
Juliane Anielski began working at the foundation as an intern in December 2010 and joined the foundation as a fund accountant in July 2012.
She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at CSU.
Marvelous BakerGrantmaking, Scholarships
Marvelous Baker implements and manages the foundation’s scholarship program. She also works with selected donors as a researcher, facilitator, and liaison, hoping to enhance their philanthropic experiences. Prior to joining the foundation, Marvelous held positions with Doan Center and University Circle Inc. Marvelous holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Baldwin-Wallace College and an associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College. She is a graduate of Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland. Marvelous volunteers at Fatima Family Center.
Karen Bartrum JansenGrantmaking
216.615.7178 | kBartrum@CleveFdn.org
Karen Bartrum Jansen joined the Cleveland Foundation more than 10 years ago. She currently works in Grants Management, helping donors and grantees through the foundation’s systems and processes. Prior to joining the foundation, Karen worked in various sales and office management roles for a metal broker, a small computer company, and an international plastics manufacturer.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business with a minor in computer information systems from Ohio State University.
216.615.7259 | nBeckford@CleveFdn.org
Nelson Beckford reviews proposals across a broad range of program areas as part of the foundation’s community-responsive grantmaking team and manages the Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship program.
He has a wide range of management experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas, including serving as assistant director for the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization prior to joining the foundation. Before that, he was a managed care contracting specialist for both Great West Healthcare and University Hospital Health System. In those positions, he was responsible for physician recruitment and contract negotiation and monitoring. Nelson’s career also includes time spent with Cole Managed Vision, the American Red Cross, and the Madison Development Co. He also served in the U.S. Army for three years.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University and holds certificates in organizational development from Baldwin Wallace College and in operational excellence from Case Western Reserve University. He expects to graduate with a master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in organizational development from Cleveland State University in May 2013.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer
216.615.7172 | cBeltrante@CleveFdn.org
Carmela Beltrante joined the foundation in April 2004. She has served in various capacities at the senior executive assistance level for more than two decades. Carmela spent the majority of her career at Ernst & Young supporting senior executive partners at the national and district levels where she managed their calendars, travel, and correspondence; planned and arranged for board meetings and off-site national seminars; and served as liaison to staff. After leaving Ernst & Young in 2000, Carmela became the executive assistant to the finance director of the City of Cleveland. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the executive assistant to the managing director and principal at Brown Gibbons Lang & Co.
She also served as secretary to the board of directors of the endowment fund for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Cleveland, worked as a Berlitz foreign language teacher, mentored inner-city high school students, and organized activities for Concern II to build children’s self-esteem through Special Olympics programs.
Donor Relations Associate
216.615.7145 | mBlackford@CleveFdn.org
Michelle Blackford is responsible for the organization and implementation of donor relations events and for helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals by providing responsive services for individual donors and organizations.
She joined the foundation in September 2009, bringing with her more than 10 years of development experience. In her most recent role, she was the assistant director for the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at Messiah College in Grantham, Penn. Other roles at the college included coordinator of regional leadership programs, grants coordinator, and campaign secretary.
Michelle graduated from Eastern University in St. David’s, Penn., summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and has rounded out her development career through a variety of community service activities.
216.615.7177 | aBryan@CleveFdn.org
Annabel Bryan helps to coordinate board-directed and special initiatives, including the Greater University Circle Initiative and the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program. Her previous experience includes working as a research assistant at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Henry A. Murray Research Center.
Annabel received her Bachelor of Science in sociology from Boston University. She is currently studying education at Baldwin Wallace University and volunteers in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Administrative Services Manager
216.615.7144 | jCarpenter@CleveFdn.org
Since beginning her employment with the foundation 37 years ago, Jan has worked in a variety of positions, acquiring the knowledge, experience, and expertise offered in these diverse areas.
Jan’s current position as administrative services manager reports to the vice president of corporate governance and administration. Her responsibilities cover a range of support services that provide staff members a clean, safe, secure, efficient, productive, and aesthetically pleasing work environment.
Before joining the foundation, Jan worked at Sherwin-Williams, Republic Steel, Boykin Enterprises, and Larry Bess and Co. She attended Fenn College and Baldwin Wallace College.
Director of Institutional Learning and Arts Initiatives
Administrative Assistant: Debbie Slocum 216.615.7586
Kathleen Cerveny is responsible for evaluating the impact of the foundation’s grantmaking programs and leadership initiatives and for capturing and sharing learning from this work for the benefit of the foundation and the community. Kathleen has also directed the foundation’s arts and culture programs for nearly two decades, leading major initiatives in public policy and organizational advancement for the arts.
Kathleen has been a working artist, educator, development officer, and award-winning producer of arts programming for public radio station WCPN 90.3 FM. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, she has exhibited her artwork nationally.
In addition to her role as the foundation’s senior advisor in the arts, she also serves as an advisor to the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and Positively Cleveland. Kathleen discusses arts, culture, and ideas relevant to Cleveland in her Cleveland Foundation blog.
Susan ChristopherMarketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications Officer
216.615.7591 | sChristopher@CleveFdn.org
Susan Christopher oversees media relations for the foundation and manages the communications needs of the foundation's grantmaking team. She has more than 20 years of communications experience, most recently as regional communications officer for the American Red Cross. Susan also worked as director of media communications for MetroHealth System and manager of programs and special events for University Hospitals Health System. She began her career in broadcast journalism, working as a news producer for WKYC-TV Cleveland and a news reporter/anchor for WMAZ-TV, Macon, Georgia.
Susan is a cum laude graduate of Kent State University's School of Journalism with a degree in broadcast news journalism. She has also won numerous awards, including several Aster Awards for health care marketing and reporting and an Emmy Award for television production.
216.685.2017 | rCoe@CleveFdn.org
Rennae Coe joined the foundation in 2002 as a program assistant and has provided support for program directors in the areas of social services, child and youth development, economic development, education, and evaluation. Rennae is currently working as a team member on the MyCom and Social Enterprise initiatives, as well as the launch of the Economic and Community Development Institute microlending initiative.
Prior to working at the foundation, Rennae held executive assistant positions at SKW Operations, Inc. (Degussa/Master Builders) and Centerior Energy (The Illuminating Co.) and was a long-distance toll operator at Ohio Bell Telephone Co.
Rennae, a graduate of John Adams High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from Hiram College.
Kara Keating CopelandGrantmaking
Administrative Assistant: Sarah King 216.615.7155
Kara Keating Copeland reviews proposals from organizations across the nonprofit sector as a member of the community responsive grantmaking team. Before joining the foundation, she served as director of resource development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland where for nearly seven years she oversaw the organization’s foundation and government relations, individual giving, special events, public relations, and community outreach efforts. Prior to her work at Boys & Girls Clubs, Kara was lead community organizer for Slavic Village Development Corp., where she co-managed an intergenerational community organizing program.
Kara received her master’s degree in applied social science administration from Case Western Reserve University. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in communications and psychology from John Carroll University.
216.615.7166 | jCorey@CleveFdn.org
Judith joined the foundation in 2007 as a member of the Finance team. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years in the public utility and governmental sectors specializing in financial reporting and auditing.
Judith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, majoring in accounting, from John Carroll University. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of CPAs.
Janice M. CutrightInformation Systems
Records and Knowledge Manager
216.615.7150 | jCutright@CleveFdn.org
Jan Cutright is responsible for the maintenance, review, and evaluation of the Cleveland Foundation’s records system as well as the development and maintenance of data management policies and standards. Jan has been an employee of the foundation since 1975 and previously held positions in IT and Grants Management.
Jan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cleveland State University.
Mary Clare DonnellyGrantmaking
Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President
216.685.4000 | mDonnelly@CleveFdn.org
Mary Clare Donnelly joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2004 as a program assistant and now serves as the executive assistant to the executive vice president. She provides advanced administrative support, and included among her duties are coordination and communication with senior management and board members, extensive calendar maintenance, management of various in-house processes, and collaborative work across all departments.
Her prior experience includes various executive administrative positions at IMG, a global sports, fashion, and media business, and in the legal department at Key Bank.
Director of Gift Planning
Administrative Assistant: Linda Gersten 216.615.7143
Terri Eason is responsible for managing the foundation’s development program. Her primary focus is cultivating relationships to help establish philanthropic legacies. Terri has two decades of experience in financial services, including wealth management, relationship management, new business development, and both private and corporate banking. She launched her career at National City Corporation where she held a variety of positions, including director of nonprofit business services. In that role, she was responsible for new business development and relationship management of nonprofit and higher education organizations. During her time with National City, she received the company’s NCC Excel Award for extraordinary client and community service.
Terri has served as a director on several area nonprofit boards, including the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Recovery Resources, Junior Achievement, the Women’s City Club Foundation, and the Associate Board of the United Black Fund. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University.
Administrative Assistant: Asira Nazarova 440.354.3956
Ann Fairhurst works with donors and nonprofit organizations in Lake and Geauga counties to support programs and initiatives in the region. She serves as staff liaison for the Lake-Geauga Fund and works closely with the foundation's Lake-Geauga Advisory Committee to promote grantmaking that provides long-term impact on the community.
Ann jpined the foundation after a 16-year career as a professional fundraiser in the region. She is a former Ohio Arts Council "Artist in Education" and taught theater and dance for 10 years as a full faculty member at the University of Toledo.
She earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Toledo and a Master of Fine Arts degree in arts management from the University of Michigan.
Donor Relations Assistant
216.685.2002 | mForrest@CleveFdn.org
Maureen Forrest joined the Cleveland Foundation in March 2007 as a donor relations and scholarship assistant. Prior to that, she was an administrative assistant in the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office for 15 years. Maureen provides administrative support to the Donor Relations team to ensure that those supported have the tools and information necessary to successfully carry out their objectives.
Donor Relations and Communications Officer
216.615.7165 | mFritz@CleveFdn.org
Michelle Fritz consults with individuals, families, and organizations to help donors identify and achieve their charitable giving interests and goals. She also works collaboratively with the Public Affairs team to develop donor communication strategies.
Michelle joined the team in 2012 with more than 15 years of development experience. In her previous role as executive director of donor relations and events for Case Western Reserve University, she played an instrumental role on the leadership team that successfully launched the university’s $1 billion capital campaign in the fall of 2011. In addition, Michelle created comprehensive stewardship and donor recognition programs for schools and departments across the university.
Prior to working at Case Western Reserve, Michelle worked in various development roles for the American Cancer Society, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, and Bowling Green State University.
Michelle holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bowling Green State University. She has been an active volunteer for several nonprofit organizations and is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Gift Planning Assistant
216.615.7143 | lGersten@CleveFdn.org
Linda Gersten joined the foundation in 2001 and currently works as a gift planning assistant. Linda earned a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and a master’s degree in business from Lake Erie College.
Director of Community-Responsive Grantmaking
Administrative Assistant: Ciba Jones 216.615.7184
Kathy Hallissey oversees the foundation’s responsive grantmaking efforts, working with a team of program officers to align those efforts with the needs of the community and the foundation’s priorities. In her previous position as a program officer for the foundation, she reviewed grant proposals and worked to strengthen nonprofit organizations across Greater Cleveland. Prior to joining the foundation in August 2005, Kathy was a Head Start management consultant. At the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, she analyzed the impact various programs and policies had on children, youth, and families. She began her career in the federal government as a presidential management intern. Kathy has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor’s degree from Drew University in New Jersey, from which she graduated cum laude.
Danielle HannaHuman Resources
Human Resources Manager
216.615.7160 | dHanna@CleveFdn.org
Danielle Hanna joined the foundation as a human resources generalist in August 2008 and was promoted to human resources manager in 2011. Earlier, she worked in human resources and employee benefits at IMG, a global sports, fashion, and media business.
She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Baldwin Wallace and is a certified professional in human resources. Danielle is an (i)Cleveland mentor with the Cleveland Leadership Center and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.
216.615.7157 | dHighsmith@CleveFdn.org
Dorothy Highsmith is responsible for preparing and maintaining various financial reports for the operation of the Cleveland Foundation, where she has worked for more than a decade.
Dorothy brought more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience when she joined the foundation. Previously in her career, she worked at BP Oil as an accountant in the marine and pipeline department and at Cuyahoga Community College as a revenue accountant in the district office/budget department, where she maintained and prepared financial reports for program directors and staff at the NASA Glenn Research Center.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Notre Dame College of Ohio.
Manager of Investments and Finance
216.615.7188 | eHonold@CleveFdn.org
Elizabeth Honold is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and administration of the foundation’s investments and serves as the Finance Department’s liaison with the Advancement team.
Elizabeth joined the foundation in 2011. After beginning her career in financial development and private wealth management roles, she spent four years in positions of increasing responsibility at DePaul University as senior financial analyst, manager of investment administration, and director of investments. At DePaul, she coordinated all operational and investment activities for the university’s endowment and other portfolios and participated in several debt financing transactions. After relocating to the Cleveland area in early 2011, she served as internal audit specialist at Cuyahoga Community College.
Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in business, with a concentration in finance, from Miami University and a master’s degree in public service management from DePaul University.
Pamela JaffeAdministration, Governance
Assistant Corporate Secretary
216.615.7183 | pJaffe@CleveFdn.org
Pamela Jaffe joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2002 after 10 years at Cleveland Works, a local nonprofit specializing in job training and placement for underserved populations. Her prior experience includes the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland and a variety of private-sector positions ranging from office manager to personal assistant.
In her role as assistant corporate secretary, she provides executive level assistance to the vice president for corporate governance and administration and executive director of Suite 1300 Services, Inc. In addition she oversees the foundation’s reception desk, administration of electronic board governance software, and the lobby art exhibits.
Pamela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a certificate in women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin.
216.615.7168 | dJohnson@CleveFdn.org
Donna Johnson, who joined the foundation in 2006, is executive assistant and operations administrator for the Advancement team. She provides administrative support for the senior vice president for Advancement, oversees department operations, and handles special projects.
Donna has more than 25 years of administrative experience in the nonprofit and community development sectors. Prior to joining the foundation, Donna served as an executive director for a nonprofit community arts organization. She has worked as a consultant for nonprofit arts organizations providing grant writing and project management services. Donna also worked at ShoreBank, Cleveland, and in the development department of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Donna is a graduate of John Hay High School and attended Bowling Green State University.
216.615.7184 | cJones@CleveFdn.org
Ciba “CJ” Jones is the program assistant to the director of community-responsive grantmaking and two program officers. CJ joined the foundation in August 2003. Prior to that, she was the human resources coordinator for the Benjamin Rose Institute’s administrative office.
CJ received a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University, an artistic diploma in theory from the Royal College of Music, and an artistic diploma in performance from the Julliard School.
216.615.7167 | dKaszei@CleveFdn.org
Diane Kaszei has been with the foundation since 1990. She was promoted to grants manager in 2004 when the foundation centralized its grantmaking. Prior to that, Diane worked in the Gift Planning and Donor Relations Department helping donors with grantmaking and as an assistant in the civic and economic development program area.
Diane holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Myers University.
Program Director for Economic Development
Administrative Assistant: Rennae Coe 216.685.2017
Shilpa Kedar works closely with city leaders, civic groups, and foundation staff to support ongoing economic development efforts and develop new ones benefiting Greater Cleveland. Before joining the Cleveland Foundation, she was director of business attraction for Team NEO, where she collaborated with other Northeast Ohio development groups to identify and secure business opportunities for the region. Previously, she coordinated grantmaking and projects to strengthen area nonprofits for Cleveland Social Venture Partners and was a researcher for the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, a top business school in India.
Shilpa earned a master’s degree in management of nonprofit organizations from Case Western Reserve University, a postgraduate diploma in management from India’s Som-Lalit Institute of Management Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Delhi (India) University. She has authored several published articles and was a member of the Crain’s Cleveland Business “Forty Under 40” class of 2007. She served as co-chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future’s business attraction, retention, and expansion committee from 2009-2011 and is currently serving on its board. She also represents the foundation on the strategy coordinating committee of the Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy. Shilpa is involved as a partner at Cleveland Social Venture Partners and serves as a board member.
216.615.7155 | sKing@CleveFdn.org
Sarah King provides administrative support to three program officers on the community-responsive grantmaking team and collaborates with other program staff as assigned. She has more than 20 years in administrative experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, she was office manager/administrative assistant for the Cleveland Cultural Coalition, an umbrella organization for arts groups. She grew up in the Glenville area, graduated from John Hay High School, and attended Cuyahoga Community College.
Sarah is active in the community, currently serving as a member of Morning Star Baptist Church and as a long-time volunteer on the Shoes and Clothes for Kids’ Entertainment and Decorations Committee.
Anne Marie KollanderAdvancement
Principal Gifts Officer
216.615.7174 | amKollander@CleveFdn.org
Anne Marie Kollander joined the foundation in October 2012, with more than 25 years of business and nonprofit development experience. In the role of principal gifts officer, she supports the gift development initiatives of the foundation’s Advancement team.
Before joining the foundation, she was managing partner for Taosandia, a nonprofit development consulting firm. She also was a senior development officer for University Hospitals Corporate and Foundations Relations team and for UH Geauga Medical Center, where she successfully built the development function from the ground up.
Prior to her development work, Anne Marie spent 20 years as the chief financial officer for Kollander World Travel, a family-owned and -operated travel agency.
Anne Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts from Case Western Reserve University. She is active in the community and currently serves on University Hospitals Rainbow Circle of Friends and on the Alumni Communications Committee at Laurel School. She recently rotated off of the board of directors for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center.
Lillian A. KuriGrantmaking
Program Director for Architecture, Urban Design, and Sustainable Development
216.685.2028 | lKuri@CleveFdn.org
Lillian Kuri joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2005 as a consultant to develop a comprehensive strategy for one of the foundation’s priority initiatives: the revitalization of the Greater University Circle area. This comprehensive anchor-based initiative involves cross-cutting issues such as transportation, mixed-use development, housing assistance, education, sustainability, community wealth, and economic inclusion and includes a path-breaking and innovative “buy-local” model of inclusive economic development and job creation. The strategy includes supporting local businesses though supply chain attraction and retention initiatives in the Health Tech Corridor and “growing our own businesses” through the Evergreen Cooperative Initiative. Lillian also works on foundation strategies for innovative uses of capital, green building, storm water, energy efficiency, vacant land reutilization, and local food.
Lillian has more than 15 years of experience as a nonprofit executive, with expertise in innovative environmental services and urban redevelopment. Previously, Lillian was the executive director of Cleveland Public Art. Lillian is a licensed architect in Ohio and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional. She holds a Master of Architecture in urban design degree from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kent State University. She currently serves as an appointed member of the City of Cleveland’s Planning Commission and on the boards of Evergreen Energy Solutions and Cleveland Development Advisors, an affiliate of Greater Cleveland Partnership that supplies financing for targeted catalytic projects. She also serves as an advisory board member of the Generation Foundation and the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation. On a national level, Lillian serves on the Green Economy Committee and the Infrastructure Committee of Living Cities, a collaborative of the 22 largest philanthropic and financial institutions.
Lillian has been recognized as a member of the Crain’s Cleveland Business “Forty Under 40” class of 2002 and one of Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting People.” In 2008, she was selected as the prestigious Knight Fellow at Western Reserve Academy, her high school alma mater.
Administrative Services Associate
216.685.2005 | lLash@CleveFdn.org
Laura Lash joined the Administrative Services team of the Cleveland Foundation in 2007. Her areas of responsibility include the Steven A. Minter Conference Center, operational support, and office services.
Laura is currently pursuing an associate degree in business management at Cuyahoga Community College.
216.615.7587 | cLawson@CleveFdn.org
Christine Lawson joined the foundation in 2001 and is responsible for overseeing accounts payable and 1099 reporting, the funding of grant requests, and the creation of quarterly board financials.
Previously she worked at Alltel Communications in the finance department, monitoring and creating reports for the collections department.
She is currently attending Cleveland State University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in finance.
India Pierce LeeGrantmaking
Program Director for Neighborhoods, Housing, and Community Development
Administrative Assistant: Annabel Bryan 216.615.7177
India Pierce Lee joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2006 as program director for neighborhoods, housing, and community development. She oversees the foundation's Greater University Circle Initiative, a unique multi-institutional anchor-based partnership with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the City of Cleveland, and philanthropic and non-profit organizations engaged in catalytic projects to revitalize neighborhoods that include transportation, wealth building and economic inclusion, employer-assisted housing, and community engagement.
Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, India served as senior vice president of programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc., senior program director with the Northeast Ohio Local Initiatives Support Corporation, director of the Empowerment Zone with the City of Cleveland's department of economic development, and executive director of Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corp. Earlier in her career, she worked as an air traffic control specialist.
In 2009, India completed the prestigious Loeb Fellowship from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She spent 10 months on the Harvard campus studying best practices in neighborhood revitalization, with a special interest in sustainability.
India has been recognized for outstanding service to Cleveland throughout her career, including receiving keys to the City of Cleveland from former Mayor Michael White and the City of Dallas-Fort Worth by former Mayor Jewell Woods. In January 2012, she was appointed by Mayor Frank Jackson to the City of Cleveland’s Civil Service Commission. In 2011, she was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business “Women of Note.”
India earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Cleveland’s Dyke College and is a graduate of the Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community Development from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where she obtained a Master of Science degree in social administration.
Katherine M. LeParAdvancement
Gift Planning Associate
216.615.7161 | kLePar@CleveFdn.org
Kathy LePar is part of the Advancement team of the Cleveland Foundation and is responsible for processing new gifts, supporting the setup of new funds, preparing fund agreements and charitable gift documents, and serving as a liaison with the Finance team and other cross-disciplinary teams.
Kathy has more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession with specific expertise in the areas of estate planning, probate administrations, and asset liquidation. Before joining the foundation in September 2012, Kathy spent 13 years as a paralegal with the firm of Behm & Henry, LLC. Prior to that, Kathy spent nine years as a legal assistant/paralegal with Bowlus & Bowlus, Ltd. During her employment with Bowlus & Bowlus, Kathy also provided paralegal support for a number of years to Sara J. Sherick, Esq., and Roger W. Hafford, Esq., in the area of probate administrations.
Kathy is currently working toward obtaining her certified paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants.
216.685.2003 | rMcDowell@CleveFdn.org
Bob McDowell joined the foundation in 2012 as an Advancement officer. Bob’s primary role is working with the director of gift planning to enhance the foundation’s planned giving initiatives.
Bob has more than 10 years of senior-level experience in wealth relationship management. Most recently, he held the position of vice president/wealth management at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. In this role, Bob was responsible for managing internal and external client relationships and developing new business through client prospecting. Prior to his role at Merrill Lynch, Bob was vice president/relationship manager for the Private Trust Co., where he provided service to high-net-worth clients.
Bob has worked as a vice president/trust officer for National City Bank and as an attorney at J. Norman Stark, providing legal counsel to clients in estate planning, probate, contract, and general business law.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from John Carroll University and an MBA and JD from the University of Akron. He is a licensed attorney and earned Series 7 and Series 66 investment certifications.
Jamie McGuireInformation Systems
216.615.7031 | jMcGuire@CleveFdn.org
Jamie McGuire joined the Information Systems team in 2007. In her current role, she supports staff with business processes and analytical reporting.
Jamie brought more than two decades of experience to the foundation, having previously worked at British Petroleum and as a custom-software developer for a variety of small- to medium-sized businesses in the Cleveland area.
Ginger F. MlakarAdvancement
Director of Donor Relations
Administrative Associate: Michelle Blackford 216.615.7145
Ginger Mlakar manages the foundation’s donor stewardship program. In this role, she connects donors to their charitable interests. She came to the Cleveland Foundation in July 2009 after 16 years practicing law in the area of estate and charitable gift planning and administration. Her previous positions include partner in the personal succession and planning practice group at Thompson Hine LLP and of counsel in the estate planning and probate practice group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. She is also a certified public accountant.
Ginger has served on the boards of several area organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Lake Erie Council and the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, and as treasurer for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Bay Soccer Club. She is currently vice president for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation. She has been a member of advisory groups for University Hospitals, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Case Western Reserve University. Additionally, she is an active fellow of the American College of Estate and Trust Council and an Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Council member for the Ohio State Bar Association.
Ginger has been named among the “Best Lawyers in America” and the “Top 50 Female Ohio Super Lawyers List” by Law and Politics magazine. She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and earned her juris doctorate from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
216.615.7191 | vMoreland@clevefdn.org
Valerie Moreland joined the foundation in August 2013 as a member of the Finance Team and has more than 15 years experience in Finance and Accounting.
For the past 15 years, Valerie has served in a similar role at Community United Head Start, a non-profit organization committed to educating and working with families of greater Cleveland to provide a safe and positive learning environment to its children.
Valerie received her Associate of Applied Business from Cuyahoga Community College and plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Finance.
216.615.7179 | cMorosko@CleveFdn.org
Charlotte Morosko provides overall administrative leadership to the foundation’s grantmaking activities, overseeing the grantmaking process through the intake, review, award, and follow-up stages of grants and grant-related inquiries. She reviews materials for accuracy, prepares reports to foundation staff and board members, and provides database management and grantmaking procedural training to staff as needed.
Charlotte joined the foundation in 1998 after an extensive career in travel and convention planning. She also played a key role with a leading consulting firm in developing change-agent, process improvement workshops. Over the years, Charlotte has taken on increasing levels of responsibility within the foundation, completing the Center for Creative Leadership’s Foundations of Leadership program for managers, obtaining Cleveland State University’s Train the Trainer certification, and, in 2003, was named a YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence.
Director of Principal Gifts
216.615.7158 | cNaegele@CleveFdn.org
Cindy Naegele joined the Cleveland Foundation in February 2012, bringing with her more than 13 years of development experience. Most recently, she was executive director of development for the Case School of Engineering, where she played a key role in the university's current $1 billion capital campaign, as well as in strategies that achieved a record-breaking $20.4 million for the engineering school in 2011.
Prior to her work at Case, Cindy was the associate director of development services at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she created fundraising strategies and conducted in-depth prospect research that increased the museum's support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources. She has also served in development roles for WVIZ/WCPN ideastream and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University. She is a member of the Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is also a decorated investigative journalist having been awarded first place in the Ohio Associated Press investigative reporting category.
440.354.3956 | aNazarova@CleveFdn.org
Asira Nazarova joined the foundation staff in 2013 after several months as a temporary assistant providing administrative support in the Lake-Geauga fund office. She has a range of experience in nonprofit, for-profit and governmental organizations, including the United Nations, specifically in a support or marketing capacity. Most recently, she served as co-founder of a handicraft fair-trade business, Lasira Designs International, which works with women in developing countries to create sustainable income for their communities through creation of handmade goods for the open market.
Asira earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Technical College #33 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Ind. She is fluent in both Russian and Tajik.
216.615.7180 | kParker@CleveFdn.org
Kathy Parker oversees the foundation's accounting, audit, tax, and reporting activities. She is also responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department.
Kathy joined the foundation in January 1990 as an accountant. Since then, she has held positions of increasing responsibility including senior accountant, accounting manager, and her current role, which she assumed in 1999.
Kathy is a member of the Fiscal and Administrative Officers Group for Community Foundations and a past recipient of the YWCA's Women of Professional Excellence award. She serves as treasurer of the Cleveland Chinese Christian Church and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Cleveland State University.
Terry L. PedersonMarketing & Communications
216.615.7153 | tPederson@CleveFdn.org
Terry Pederson joined the Cleveland Foundation in June 2011. She has primary responsibility for the foundation’s editorial needs, which include speechwriting and writing for special projects such as the annual report, as well as editing and proofreading.
Terry has more than three decades of writing and editing experience, having served as communications manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute, a member of the editorial services group at Dix & Eaton, an assignment editor at the Detroit Free Press, and a reporter and editor at the Plain Dealer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Kent State University.
Administrative Assistant: Ciba Jones 216.615.7184
Paul Putman facilitates grantmaking across multiple sectors by focusing on efforts to strengthen nonprofit organizations and improve access to services for underserved populations. He coordinates the Fenn Educational Fund and oversees special projects. Prior to joining the foundation, Paul was the manager of the Center for Leadership and Service at Cleveland State University, where he coordinated leadership development and service-learning experiences.
Paul holds a doctorate in urban education from CSU with a focus on leadership and lifelong learning. He earned his master's in psychology, with a specialization in diversity management from CSU and his master's in education, guidance, and counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Paul earned his bachelor's in English from Kent State University.
Kimberly Sabo Executive Office
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
216.685.2001 | kSabo@CleveFdn.org
Kimberly Sabo joined the staff of the Cleveland Foundation in December 2011. She has served in various capacities at the senior executive assistance level for more than two decades. For the majority of her career, Kimberly directly supported Peter B. Lewis, former president and CEO and the current chairman of the board of Progressive Corporation, where she managed his calendar, travel, and correspondence; arranged for board meetings and off-site retreats; served as liaision to staff; and supported Lewis' philanthropic initiatives. After leaving Progressive in 2003, Kimberly became the executive assistant to the president and CEO of Lake View Cemetery where she worked for four years. She also has worked as the executive assistant to the president and CEO of Magellan Biosciences, Inc., a privately held, global medical and laboratory equipment developer headquartered in Massachusetts.
Judy M. SalmAdvancement
Donor Relations Officer
216.615.7147 | jSalm@CleveFdn.org
Judy Salm helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals by serving as the primary contact for individual donors, families, and organizations. Prior to joining the foundation in 2010, she served with the Aspen Institute’s Council of Women World Leaders in Washington, D.C., on development and communications initiatives.
She has more than 15 years of business and nonprofit development experience, previously managing relationships with institutional investors as a vice president for Citi Global Markets in New York City and Boston. Prior to that, she was a fixed income analyst for McDonald Investments in Cleveland.
Judy has a bachelor’s degree in communications from John Carroll University. She is an active member of the Junior League of Cleveland.
Sheri L. ScanlonAdvancement
Principal Gifts Assistant
216.685.2009 | sScanlon@CleveFdn.org
Sheri Scanlon joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2013 as a member of the Advancement team. She brings with her more 10 years of marketing and business development experience from organizations such as Best Reps, Cushman & Wakefield, and the New York Yankees.
Sheri earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. She provides support to the director of principal gifts, the principal gifts officer, and the advancement associate to ensure that they have the tools and information necessary to successfully carry out their objectives.
216.615.7586 | dSlocum@CleveFdn.org
Debbie Slocum provides administrative support to the program director for education and the director of institutional learning and arts initiatives. In that role, Debbie manages calendars, budgets, and travel; arranges meetings; and serves as a liaison to staff and external clients to support her directors’ initiatives.
Debbie joined the foundation in March 2012 and brings several years of senior executive-assistant support experience from varied industries, including insurance, accounting, a trade association, and, most recently, education.
She is actively involved with the International Association of Administrative Professionals, a nonprofit professional association for office professionals. She serves as board president of IAAP’s North Coast chapter.
Gail M. StachnikAdministration
216.861.3810 | receptionist@CleveFdn.org
Gail M. Stachnik joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2007 after 30 years in the corporate sector. After earning her associate degree at Cuyahoga Community College, she graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in English and theater arts.
Patty TakacsInformation Systems
216.615.7185 | pTakacs@CleveFdn.org
Patty Takacs has worked at the foundation for 15 years as a records technician and has supported the development of records areas in the Finance and Advancement departments during her tenure. Prior to joining the foundation, Patty was employed for 18 years at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant as an engineering aide and records technician.
She has an associate’s degree of arts from Lakeland Community College and has attended Lake Erie College.
Debra ThornsberryMarketing & Communications
Marketing & Communications Assistant
216.615.7140 | dThornsberry@CleveFdn.org
Debra Thornsberry has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of administrative roles. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, she spent time at Karpinski Engineering, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and van Dijk Pace Westlake Architects (now known as Westlake Reed Leskosky).She also has worked in the medical and hospitality industries. Debra holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art and art history from Baldwin Wallace College and an associate of applied business degree in interior design from Cuyahoga Community College. She has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-Green Associate credential and is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
216.615.7151 | dUlloa@CleveFdn.org
As a member of the Grants Management team, Denise Ulloa works closely with staff and grantees in managing all administrative aspects of awarded grants and incoming requests. The Grants Management team works internally and externally to structure and coordinate workflow and communication to complete grantmaking requirements.
A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Denise relocated from New York City, where she was development associate with American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and administrative director of Bel Canto Institute, an organization she co-founded. Denise has been with the Cleveland Foundation since 2001.
216.685.4004 | tWhite@CleveFdn.org
Toni White has more than 15 years of experience in high-level administrative support. Before joining the foundation in 2011, she was administrative coordinator for Noteworthy Medical Systems, an electronic health record software development company. She was responsible for supporting several members of its corporate management team with travel arrangements, meeting logistics, project management, and vendor/client communications. Prior to her employment with Noteworthy, she was an executive assistant at Perk Construction.
Toni is a native Clevelander who grew up in the Greater University Circle area. In addition to her work at the foundation, she owns and operates a business that provides sandwiches and pies to a local café in Tremont and several other restaurants.
Program Director for Education
Administrative Assistant: Debbie Slocum 216.615.7586
Helen Williams oversees the foundation’s grantmaking in all areas of education. She has more than 25 years of experience in executive management and consulting in nonprofit, public, and corporate organizations, specializing in strategic planning and leadership development. Helen is the former associate director of the Cleveland Initiative for Education. Under former Ohio Gov. Richard F. Celeste, Helen directed the State of Ohio’s regional office in Cleveland.
She holds a doctorate in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University.
Joyce WilsonInformation Systems
216.615.7149 | jWilson@CleveFdn.org
Joyce Wilson joined the foundation in 2004 and currently works as a records technician, handling the filing, scanning, and processing of data. Prior to that, she worked as a workers’ compensation assistant at Thompson Hine.
Joyce earned an associate’s degree from Kirkland Business College in Albuquerque, N.M.
Donor Relations Assistant
216.685.2004 | mWilson@CleveFdn.org
Megan Wilson joined the Advancement team in November 2012 as donor relations assistant providing administrative support to the director of donor relations, the donor relations officers, and donor relations associate.
Megan comes to the foundation from the Cleveland Museum of Art where she served as a sales associate in the visitor experience department. She also spent the last three years serving Cleveland’s art community in various capacities through internships with the Cleveland Museum of Art, SPACES gallery, Art House, Inc., and Rachel Davis Fine Arts.
During her undergraduate career, Megan fulfilled an active role as a student ambassador for Baldwin Wallace University where she served the Advancement and Alumni Relations teams. She was also an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity and remains an active alumna.
Megan graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Project Director of the Greater University Circle Community Wealth Building Initiative
Administrative Assistant: Toni White 216.685.4004
Walter Wright joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2011 as the project director of the Greater University Circle Community Wealth Building Initiative. This effort is supported by Living Cities, a collaboration of 22 of the nation’s largest foundations and financial institutions. Cleveland is one of five cities nationally selected to participate. The $14.77 million, three-year award of grant and loan funds to the Cleveland Foundation will support community and enhance wealth-building opportunities in Greater University Circle and new development in the Health Tech corridor.
Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, Walter served as senior program officer for Neighborhood Progress, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for the management of the Cleveland Neighborhood Partnership Program, where he oversaw a $1.6 million budget and a multi-year, comprehensive support program for select community development corporations.
Walter earned a bachelor’s degree in art education and a master of arts in education from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a certificate in studio art from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
216.685.2013 | pZoltowicz@CleveFdn.org
Pam Zoltowicz joined the foundation in 2012 as an Advancement associate. In this position, Pam collaborates with members of the Advancement team on developing and implementing proactive strategies to identify individuals, corporations, and other entities with the potential to support the foundation’s initiatives through substantial gifts.
Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, Pam was on staff at the Cleveland Clinic where she was a development researcher for the past four years. She worked on a team responsible for identifying, researching, and analyzing prospective and current donors for major gift officers and other executives, including the CEO. She was the sole researcher for international prospects and projects and also created and wrote Institutes and Initiatives Overview, a reference document for the fundraising staff that kept them abreast of priorities within each institute.
Before working at the Clinic, Pam was a marketing specialist for OneCommunity, a nonprofit open-network provider of Internet services.
Pam earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and is an active member of the Ohio Prospect Research Network and the Association for Prospect Researchers for Advancement, and was a presenter at the 2010 APRA conference in Anaheim, Calif.